Donna Liguria Art

Art Terms and Acronym Glossary

An art glossary and how it relates to what I do

Abstract Art

Abstract Art is meant to NOT represent a realistic depiction of anything in particular. It uses color, forms, shapes, and gestural marks. Abstract Art is not my style of work although I appreciate what others have created.

Acrylic Painting

Acrylic Paint is my current favored paint medium. It is a water-based fast-drying paint that is easily thinned with water, or used thickly. It is typically applied with brushes or knives.

Art Print

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Digital Art

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Diptych

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MAG

Manassas Art Guild is a non-profit art group based in Manassas, Virginia

Oil Painting

Usually is a slow-drying paint with particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil. The curing time is considerable with oil paints, it is typically more expensive, and generally not as easy to work with as acrylics. There are now water-based oil paints that I intend to use at some point.

Photorealism

This is how I like to paint - to make an image look like a photograph. When someone asks is it a photograph, I know I got it right.

Plein Air

French for "out of doors" and refers to the practice of painting and finishing the art piece outside.

PWAS

Prince William Art Society is a non-profit art group in Prince William County, Virginia

PWCAC

Prince William County Arts Council

Still Life

A painting with the subject matter "staged" or arranged in a pleasing way to emphasize light, color, shadow on the object(s). The objects can be flowers, fruit, vegetables, food, glass - manmade or natural objects. Backdrops are often draped materials. Still life is typically something that does not move or is dead. 

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Triptych

Artwork in three panels

Trompe L'Oeil

A French term meaning "deceives the eye"

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